Starz has developed one of the best streaming experiences for getting to the movies and television shows you crave. So good, in fact, that they just moved their original programming to Sunday night to compete with HBO and Showtime. Competition is good, streamers – it means great shows and awesome movies and you are the benefactor of all of it!
It’s been a pretty eventful few weeks here at playmoTV and we can’t thank all of you enough for your support. We know that the little ickiness involving our Netflix Switcher came as a surprise, but there are other streaming options out there to fill the void and we’re here to announce that we’ve got some new and exciting options for you!
Starting today, playmoTV is supporting HBO GO for all playmoTV streamers that have access through a US regular cable subscription! How awesome is that, right? If you don’t have a cable provider login then don’t worry, we also support to HBO Now, which allows you to subscribe via iTunes or Amazon. We know how important this is… Winter is Coming on April 24 at 9 p.m. Eastern.
We’re also announcing support for fubo.tv, delivering the best of live football, anytime, anywhere! Seria A, LFP, Ligue 1, Primeira Liga, MLS, Liga MX, and more are all included here so you can get your football fill anytime you want!
We’re going above and beyond to ensure that you are getting the streaming experience that you deserve from playmoTV and we want to continue to improve. So, if there is a streaming service out there that you love but that we don’t support, let us know! We’ll work to include it.
Thanks for your support. At the risk of sounding like a proud parent, we really have the best users in the world, and your service suggestions have been amazing, so keep them coming. We’re excited about the next few months – hope you are too!
You may have seen House of Cards, Orange is the New Black and many of the latest comedies and dramas Netflix has to offer, I know I have.
However, sometimes I’m in the mood for a good documentary, because unlike feature films, they often spark a good conversation, whether it be at work, with friends or at family gatherings. We took the time to select some eye-opening documentaries that you can watch on Netflix right now!
We’ve collected some great movies to enjoy during the holidays on Netflix and shown you where you can watch them using our Netflix Switcher.
Not every Christmas movie is on Netflix (like Die Hard, one of our favorites) , but by switching countries the selection of Christmas movies gets noticeably better.
Our Netflix Switcher now supports 16 Netflix countries (and remember, you have to be on the same Wi-Fi as your preferred Netflix device when you switch countries, then close and reopen Netflix to see the new catalog).
The air is getting a bit colder and the sun goes down earlier. The smell of leaves and firewood is in the air and just at dusk, there’s something sort of…eerie about your neighborhood. It’s Halloween time! That means a great opportunity to explore all the great movies that Netflix has to offer!
Silence of the Lambs (1991)
If you haven’t already, acquaint yourself with Hannibal Lecter, played beautifully by Anthony Hopkins in this chilling thriller, than make it a point to do so this Halloween. Silence of the Lambs is more of a psycho thriller than a “pop-out monster” horror film, but it was one of the best movies of the year and, arguably, one of the best horror films ever. The movie won several Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (Hopkins), Best Actress (Jodie Foster) and Best Adapted Screenplay. It is currently only the third horror film to win the Academy Award for Best Picture, along with The Exorcist and Jaws. It is considered considered “culturally, historically or aesthetically” significant by the U.S. Library of Congress and was selected to be preserved in the National Film Registry in 2011.
The story is adapted from Tom Harris’ book of the same name published in 1988 and revolves around a young FBI Agent named Clarice Starling who is tracking down a serial killer named Buffalo Bill. During the course of her search, she interviews Hannibal Lector, a convicted and imprisoned serial killer who cannibalized his victims. This film is definitely for the adults only – the gore and language is one thing, but it’ll twist your brain into knots as well and definitely keep you up at night! A must watch this Halloween.
Available where? Netflix Australia, Netflix Brazil, Netflix Netherlands, Netflix Sweden, Netflix USA
The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
Going in the complete opposite direction from our first choice, The Nightmare Before Christmas is geared toward younger audiences, but you certainly don’t have to be a kid to love it! The movie is filmed in stop-motion and was released by Disney under TouchStone pictures because the company thought it was too dark for kids. Little did they know that it would become a class among younger folks, albeit young teenagers. It became so popular that between 2006 and 2009, the movie was reissued in 3D each Halloween. The movie does, in places, have more to do with Christmas than Halloween, but its got skeleton, ghouls and goblins galore, so no worries.
The story centers on Jack, who lives in a fantasy world called Halloween Town, whose inhabitants are charged with producing the holiday each year. There are towns for each holiday, however, and Jack begins to wonder what the other holidays may have to offer. Adventures ensue! It’s a great family film if you have some older kids in the house and wickedly funny.
Available where? Netflix Brazil, Netflix Canada, Netflix USA
The Addams Family (1991)
A true comedic family film, The Addams Family is based on the television show of the same name. The story follows the namesake family, as led by Gomez Addams and his wife Morticia. They go on all sorts of adventures to find Gomez’ brother Fester. The film did incredibly well when it debuted in 1991 and remains a staple of Halloween to this day. Moreover, it’s one of a grouping of movies appropriate for all ages, while still being a horror film. If you’ve got little ones who are being introduced to ghosts and Frankenstein, this is the movie for you.
Available where? Netflix Brazil, Netflix Canada, Netflix UK, Netflix USA
The Babadook (2014)
Now to the complete opposite side of the spectrum to a film that is so frightening and indicative of the horror drama that Stephen King thought it was well done and terrifying. The story tells the tale of a widower who, along with her son, become possessed by and fight off an evil entity named the Babadook. The movie is not for the faint of heart and doesn’t rely on pop-up monster frights, instead opting for some genuinely terrifying moments as suspense builds. Even William Friedkin, the creator of The Exorcist called it the best horror movie he’s ever seen, noting that “it will scare the hell out of you just like it did for me.” Not much more to be said about this one…you just
have to go stream it!
Available where? Netflix Brazil, Netflix UK, Netflix USA
Other notable Horror movies on Netflix
Rosemary’s Baby (1968): Netflix USA
Let The Right One In (2008): Netflix Australia, Netflix USA
The Omen (1976): Netflix Canada, Netflix UK, Netflix USA
Scream (1996): Netflix France, Netflix Netherlands, Netflix UK, Netflix USA
From Dusk Till Dawn (1996): Netflix Brazil, Netflix France, Netflix Netherlands, Netflix Sweden, Netflix UK, Netflix USA.
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Narcos, a drug-fueled look at the Medellin Cartel and its kingpin leader Pablo Escobar streaming in full on Netflix on August 28. Narcos was so successful that the streaming service announced a second season of the show would grace its electronic airwaves next year. The ten episode story arc of the show treats us to action, a good deal of adventure, and an ample helping of gangster violence. The show follows Pablo Escobar as he builds and runs his criminal empire throughout the 1980’s.
The show is big and epic because the man was big and epic as well. Escobar was, by far, richest criminal in history, raking in nearly $30 billion selling cocaine throughout the world, but in particular, to the United States. At it’s height, the Medellin Drug Cartel, smuggled nearly 15 tons of cocaine per day. Escobar and his group spent $1,000 per week on rubber bands to bind the nearly half a billion dollars per day that they were making. Ten percent of that total, by the way, had to be written off at the end of the year as “spoilage” because rats would sneak into the warehouse at night and nibble on the hundred dollar bills.
This was a big man who played for keeps and Narcos does an outstanding job of chronicling his life and times.Escobar is played brilliantly by Wagner Moura, who has been a film star in his native Brazil for many years. The story is told through the eyes of Steve Murphy (Boyd Holbrook) a DEA agent and his journey to capture Escobar in the 1970’s. Murphy addresses the audience considerably throughout, helping the viewer get into the mindset of a criminal who, before he was killed by Columbian troops in 1993, brought nearly the entire country of Columbia to its knees.
Will the real Pablo Escobar please stand up?
The best part about the show is that we not only see how Escober moves millions of pounds of cocaine into the United States, from production to smuggling, but also the political climate that makes this type of activity possible. Narcos does an excellent job of showing the viewer what a mess 1970-era Columbia really was, rife with corruption, bribery, and brutal murder.
Certainly for the adults in the house, Narcos is beautifully shot and depicts like no other piece, the odd dichotomy that existed – and still exists – with the American viewpoint on drugs. Holbrook’s DEA agent character narrates his quest to capture Escobar throughout the show as he and partner Javier Pena (played by Pedro Pascal of Game of Thrones fame) learn about drug enforcement and Escobar’s ways. Holbrook notes right from the outset that it used to be that a bust with a few pounds of pot was big for them. “Before long, we were seizing 60 kilos a day. They let us have 60 so they could bring in 600,” he says as the first episode kicks off.
The show also makes extensive use of actual footage from the time, including Escobar’s extravagant lifestyle and the aggressive hunt by both the US and Columbian governments to find him. Narcos is full of juxtaposition – the calm, relatively tranquil streets of the US, versus the bloody crooked alleys of Columbia. That dichotomy is never more apparent than with the almost cutesy depiction of First Lady Nancy Reagan’s “Just Say No” to drugs commercial as compared to a few scenes later where Escobar is hanging enemies from trees and having them photographed.
Narcos is a rollercoaster ride from episode one to episode ten and is a must-watch for anyone who enjoys fast-paced, thought-provoking historical dramas. While some of the stories are stretched a bit for television, the shocking and sad thing is, many of them are not. Pablo Escobar really was as bad as he is portrayed in Narcos and the DEA really was as far behind him as the show lays out as well. Even the show’s theme song is hypnotic.
Narcos is a must-see for the adults in the house, so stop reading and get to it! After writing this I’m itching to watch it again.
Louis C.K., Amy Schumer, Marc Maron… three names that pop right onto the brain when you start thinking about laughing in 2015. And honestly, what’s better after a long day at work then coming home and vegging out on the couch with some solid comedy – we feel you. So don’t worry, playmoTV wants to feed that need for some laughs and we’ve got a bunch of great options for you from network television to awesome hour specials!
Modern Family (Hulu / ABC / Netflix)
We’ve spoken about Modern Family before, but it’s worth mentioning again. Smart, engaging and undeniably funny, MOFY is now is slated to start its 7th season on September 25, 2015. Centered on Jay Pritchett and his extended family, including his second wife, stepson and new baby Joe, the story highlights the adventures of his thoroughly modern family.
Throughout the series, Jay has become somewhat closer to his son in law, Phil, who married his only daughter Claire, an insanely competitive and tightly wound blonde. Together, they have three children which makes for great comedy. Jay’s son, Mitchell and his husband Cameron, along with their adopted daughter Lily, make for some of the most hilarious lines in the entire show.
The reason the show has gone on seven seasons is because it’s hilarious – but more importantly, it tackles real issues. Jay’s acceptance of his son’s sexuality is a constantly evolving theme throughout and his moderately aggressive nature toward Phil – who wants nothing more than to please Jay – produces some solid comedy. And the kids are great too, as they tackle normal preteen and teen problems from high school love to searching for colleges.
The show has won several Emmy awards, most prominently “Outstanding Comedy” and we shouldn’t be surprised. It’s well written, superbly acted and the laughs are ever present. Showrunners Christopher Lloyd and Steve Levitan have noted that in the 7th season, the show will tackle more “teen issues” – don’t be scared away by that, adults. We’re sure it will still be great.
Where can I watch Modern Family? Hulu: You can watch the latest episodes on Hulu. ABC: If you can stand being a week behind the latest episode you can watch it on ABC. Netflix: Seasons 1-4 on Netflix Brazil, France, Germany, Sweden.
Chappelle’s Show (Hulu)
Dave Chappelle’s sketch comedy show gained something of a cult following during its two and a quarter seasons on Comedy Central. Absolutely for adults only, Chappelle flexed his comedic muscles using race, religion and celebrities – really anything that was available to him, he made fun of and did so brutally.
The show dealt directly with subjects like drug use, prostitution and gun violence – this, combined with Chappelle’s use of racial epitaphs and sheer intelligence, make for an extremely smart and funny, albeit 18+, show. Critics have noted that the show was often stereotypical of the races or groups that Chappelle targets. While this is true, fans of the show and many reviewers have said that that was, in effect, Chappelle’s point. His comedy shone a spotlight on feelings that had been lying under surface in the United States, critics argue, for years.
The show opens with Chappelle delivering a short monologue introducing the pre-recorded sketch. After the sketch, a musical act – usually of the soul or hip hop genre – performed. The show only aired two seasons, followed by a third, truncated season entitled “The Lost Episodes” that was pieced together from completed sketches. Chappelle left the show in 2006 and went to South Africa for two weeks to escape public scrutiny. The tale at the time, was that he had a meltdown and quit the show entirely. In a 2014 interview with David Letterman, he noted that it really was more about spending time with family and no longer wanted to be directly in the spotlight.
The two seasons and three episodes that remain are, undoubtedly, one of the funniest shows of the 2000’s. Witty, brash, and undeniably offensive, Chappelle’s sketches unrelentingly offered laughs to his audiences. The comedy is still relevant, so be sure to check it out on Hulu today.
Where can I watch Chappelle’s Show? Hulu: Seasons 1-3.
Stand-up Comedy Specials (Netflix)
Chappelle got his start as a stand-up comedian and there are some for whom the stage and mic are the only life they really want to know. And that’s great news for you, playmoTV subscriber, because Netflix has an incredible stash of hour long specials to choose from!
Start off your binge watch with Louis C.K.: Live at the Beacon Theater. The undisputed current kind of comedy highlights his own personal foibles and family issues for your pleasure. Louis rewrites his act each and every year, so each special is a different one. This special is definitely only for audiences that are over the age of 18 and okay with some serious language and adult themes. However, it is one of the funniest 60 minutes you’ll spend on Netflix.
Then take your binge along to Jim Gaffigan and Mr. Universe. He’s pale and no topic is too absurd. From hotel pools to whales, this 2012 Grammy nominee for Best Comedy bring the laughs from the first minute to the last.
Round it out with one of the best female comics of our generation. Brooklyn Nine-Nine star Chelsea Peretti, takes the 60-minute special to new heights and along the way, makes fun of the traditional “one mic and a stool” format. With dynamic cutaways and great pre-recorded comedy content, this special is a must watch.
Where can I watch these stand-up comedy specials?
You can enjoy a lot of stand-up comedy specials on Netflix, like the ones mentioned above. HBO Now and Showtime also has a good selection of stand-up comedy specials.
Always Sunny in Philadelphia
Wish Seinfeld was updated for 2015? Look no further, friend! Always Sunny in Philadelphia started its run on FX before making a trip over to FXX for its ninth season in 2014. You won’t find a group of actors, writers and producers more dedicated to their comedy then this bunch, mostly, because the actors are the writers and producers.
Rob McElhenney, who also plays Mac, writes and develops the show with Glenn Howerton, who plays Dennis Reynolds and Charlie Day, who plays what we think is the funniest character on the show, Charlie Kelly. Joining the bunch is Kaitlin Olson as Deandra Reynolds (Dennis’ sister) and Danny DeVito as Frank Reynolds (the Reynolds’ father).
The comedy of Always Sunny lies in the competent writing, incredible timing and relationship between the actors (McElhenney and Olson are actually married in real life) and the beautiful camera work. While much of the show isn’t filmed in the City of Brotherly Love, the show’s setting and comedic lines rely quite a bit on the passion for sports and the city itself.
The characters are, purposely, terrible, immoral and filthy human beings (likely just for adults here, too), and make for some great laughs. The show is always apply some type of hilarious event to the “The Gang” as they’re called. All in all, Always Sunny is certainly for adults only, but makes for some of the best comedy you can find these days.
Where can I watch It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia? Hulu: Seasons 1-9. Netflix: Seasons 1-9 on Netflix US, seasons 1-10 on Netflix UK. (Yup, season 10 is already on Netflix UK, ain’t that something?)
There you have it folks! Netlfix, Hulu and many of the other streaming services out there have some absolutely stellar comedy for you to check out! It really is a great time for comedy. Get to it, streamers!
We love great movies and now with our playmoTV Netflix Switcher we can all enjoy a lot more. We’ve collected all movies starring Denzel Washington on Netflix and shown you where you can watch them using our Netflix Switcher.
Note: This list will be updated periodically, so feel free to check in later for updated information.
If you watch more than five movies a year, you are probably aware of IMDb’s Top 250 list, which is undoubtedly the most famous movie list ever made. Regardless of your opinion on it, many feel it’s a fair representation of the best movies ever made because it’s composed of aggregated votes from millions of IMDb users, people like you and me.